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Fly-by: Senators 6, Flyers 4

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Fly-by: Senators 6, Flyers 4
Sunday, January 8, 2012
FINAL
4 - 6
FINAL 1 2 3 T
Flyers 3 1 0 4
Senators 2 0 4 6
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GOAL SCORERS

PHI:   A. Meszaros (02:32 - 1st) , M. Bourdon (15:32 - 1st) , S. Couturier (16:00 - 1st) , M. Read (PPG, 14:08 - 2nd)
OTT:   D. Alfredsson (00:54 - 1st) , C. Neil (08:25 - 1st) , C. Greening (03:11 - 3rd) , E. Karlsson (06:19 - 3rd) , F. Kuba (18:49 - 3rd) , N. Foligno (EN, 19:15 - 3rd)
GOALIES

 OTT: C. Anderson (W)

   
     LAVIOLETTE 
  BRYZGALOV    GIROUX
SPLITSVILLE...
After two periods, the Flyers were well on their way to completing a home-and-home sweep on back-to-back nights against the Ottawa Senators with a comfortable 4-2 lead.

However what has been an alarming trend in the recent weeks, the Flyers' two-goal lead did not hold up and Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette points out a very simple reason why.

"Our team, generally speaking needed to play a better game; a smarter game against a team that forces a lot of turnovers. With the lead, 4-2, our team needed to make better decisions throughout the game."

The Senators responded in the third period with four unanswered goals, and in the end, earned three out of a possible four points from the weekend series.

"I don't think we played the way we should have and we have to be better if we want to win those kind of hockey games in the third period," said Claude Giroux.

The Flyers dropped third period leads to the Rangers and the Blackhawks in the past week, but were able to regain the lead and post a win against Chicago.

The one bright spot to take away is that the Flyers are scoring goals - three or more in four of their last five games and recording at least one goal on the power play in four of their last five.

The game in Ottawa also kicked off a week-long, four-game road trip for the Flyers, who have now played 11 of their last 17 games on the road and when it is all said and done 14 of their last 20 games away from the Wells Fargo Center.
 For the second game in a row, sixteen of Philadelphia’s 18 skaters had at least one shot on net.
 
The game marks just the second time in 22 occasions this season the Flyers have lost in regulation when leading after two periods (19-2-1) and the first time in 17 occasions they’ve lost in regulation in a game they led after one period (15-1-1).
 
Marc-Andre Bourdon led the team with six blocked shots tonight.
 
This is the first time this season that Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr have all been held scoreless in two consecutive games.

BOTH the Senators and Flyers scored on their first shot of the game.

Matt Read
Matt Read seems to play well at Scotiabank Place.

In his first game in Ottawa, Read posted a four-point night with a goal and three assists.

Tonight he added a goal and an assist to his credit.

Read was in the right place at the right time to pound home a rebound of James van Riemsdyk's shot on the power-play in the second period.

He also sprung Sean Couturier on a two-on-one late in the first period. Couturier fired it past Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson and Read picked up the primary helper.

"I thought we played a good 40 minutes, 50 minutes of the game but they took advantage of our turnovers right inside our blue line rather than getting it in deep, but we have to learn from our mistakes here and learn how to get pucks deep in the third period and how to keep a lead."
- Matt Read

"Especially with the lead like that, after two [periods]. You can't let those ones slip… It's not acceptable for a team like us and we'll have to do a better job."
-Sean Couturier
The 3-on-1 that Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson sprung at 6:13 of the third period is tonight's turning point.

After Colin Greening drew the Sens to within one goal three minutes into the third period, Karlsson fired a snap shot three minutes later, through the pads of Bryzgalov to knot the game up at 4-4.

Ottawa used that momentum to keep the pressure on in the final 10 minutes of the game and with 1:11 left Filip Kuba sealed the game with his fourth goal of the year.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Scott Hartnell rushes the net in the 2nd period on Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson.

Senators 6, Flyers 4
Associated Press

OTTAWA (AP) - Filip Kuba scored the go-ahead goal with 1:11 left and the Ottawa Senators beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-4 on Sunday to earn a split of the weekend home-and-home series.

Kuba fired a slap shot from the left point past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, and Nick Foligno sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 45 seconds to go.

  FULL RECAP

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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